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Submission + - Finnish guy gets prosthetic USB finger storage (

An anonymous reader writes: Jerry had a motorcycle accident last May and lost a finger. When the doctor working on the artificial finger heard he is a hacker, the immediate suggestion was to embed a USB "finger drive" to the design. Now he carries a Billix Linux distribution and the Freddy Got Fingered movie as part of his hand.

Submission + - H1B Fraud (

pasha2891 writes: "The controversy over the H-1B visa program for highly skilled workers is heating up once again. Federal agents detained 11 people in six states as part of a wide investigation into suspected visa fraud, the U.S. Attorney's office in Iowa announced on Feb. 12, a day after the arrests. Those arrested are accused of fraudulently representing themselves or other workers in immigration documents."
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Submission + - Judges behaving badly (

pasha2891 writes: A $54m lawsuit over a pair of pinstriped trousers that went missing from a Washington, DC, cleaners was thrown out by a judge this week. It had attracted worldwide ridicule. The fact that the case was brought, not by a random loony, but by a former judge has added to the sense that something is wrong not just with America's litigation laws, but with the kind of men and women Americans choose to sit in judgment over them.

Submission + - Dershowitz campaigns to deny tenure to Professor (

pasha2891 writes: "And, as you were saying, there was a huge campaign led by a Harvard law professor, Alan Dershowitz, to try in a desperate effort to defame him and vilify him, so as to prevent him from getting tenure. The details of it are utterly shocking, and, as you said, it got to the point where the DePaul administration called on Harvard to put an end to this."
"That's very significant, for one university to call on the leadership of another university to stop one of its professors."


Submission + - Professor is denied tenure for criticizing Israel.

pasha2891 writes: Finkelstein, son of holocaust survivors and outspoken critic of oppressive Israeli policy in Palestine, has come under attack from detractors like Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz, who seeks to silence critics of Israel and has successfully interfered in internal DePaul tenure processes. Despite being in the midst of their hectic finals-week and upcoming graduation, student leaders are currently sacrificing their time by occupying the Executive Offices of DePaul University indefinitely until their demands for the tenure of Professors Finkelstein and Larudee are met. Link to protest site.

Submission + - Interview with Alex St John, creator of DirectX

David Craddock writes: "Shacknews conducted a two-part interview with Alex St John, former Microsoft employee and the founding father of their DirectX gaming architecture. Alex discusses his time at Microsoft, working on DirectX, how he was taught the Microsoft method of "persuading" developers to their technology, and why he thinks Vista is terrible for gaming. He also reveals the origin of the green "X" Xbox logo. john1_1.x"

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